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Joseph James Hinds Jr. obituary

Lt. Col. Joseph James Hinds, Jr. (USAR), 71, of Barnesville, Ga., passed away on May 8, 2012, while visiting Chattanooga, Tenn. He was accompanied on the trip by his wife, Ann Bernard Hinds. He was attending a reunion of the 3rd Army rifle marksmanship team, with which he had competed while serving in the Army Reserves. LTC Hinds was born in Bristol, Va., but grew up mostly in Gastonia, N.C. He was a graduate of the Staunton Military Academy in Staunton, Va., and graduated from the University of Georgia with a BBA in management in 1965. He and Ann were married on Sept. 4, 1965. He served over 20 years in the U.S. Army and Army Reserves and enjoyed shooting in high-powered rifle competitions that included the National Match at Camp Perry, Ohio. He always had a love of automobiles and enjoyed drag racing in his younger years. He was pictured, along with the 1960 Chevrolet Impala he owned in 1961, in a recent Chevrolet ad campaign. He also restored cars for friends and family in his later years. Like his father and grandfather, he worked in the textile industry. He was the leading salesman for A.B. Carter, Inc., of Gastonia, N.C., until his retirement in 2006. Since his retirement, he became involved in the American Legion, as well as the 4-H air rifle marksmanship program in Griffin, Ga. His last accomplishment was leading a team of young girls to the 4-H state championship. This organization was very important to him and he was striving to help make this very expensive sport affordable for any of the kids who wanted to excel in it, regardless of their parents’ financial means. LTC Hinds is survived by his wife, Ann Bernard Hinds of Barnesville; his son, Joseph James Hinds III and his wife Nancy Dodson Hinds, of Woodstock, Ga.; a grandson, Joseph James Hinds IV, of Covington, Ga.; two sisters, Mary Moye Lowe and her husband Jody Lowe of Winston-Salem, N.C., and Marian Hinds Di Meo and her husband Dino of Gastonia, N.C.; his cousin, Henry Hinds of El Paso, Texas; and several other cousins, nieces and nephews. Funeral services for Lt. Col. ‘Jay’ Hinds will be conducted Sunday, May 13, 2012 at 1 p.m. at St. Peter the Rock Catholic Church in The Rock, Ga., with Father Neil Herlihy officiating. Interment with full military honors will be Monday, May 14, 2012 at 12 noon in the Andersonville National Cemetery in Andersonville, Ga. The family will receive friends at the Williams Funeral Home on Saturday, May 12, 2012 from 5 p.m. until 7 p.m. The family asks that donations be made to the 4-H rifle team in lieu of flowers. Donations can be made through PayPal to Those who wish may view the memorial page and sign the guestbook online at Williams Funeral Home of Barnesville is in charge of arrangements, 770-358-1678.

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